Chef Adam DuCharme


Carmel Beach, California, is known as one of the most romantic places in the world, and it is also the namesake for the “Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar”, which should be on the list for your next local romantic outing! The magic is found in a casual, yet elegant, atmosphere, and enhanced by its Mediterranean and Modern European cuisine, large selection of wines, beer, cocktails, and friendly service that makes you feel like a “Regular” even on your first visit. With such daily specials as “$4 After 4”, “Tuesday Trilogy”, “Wine and Unwind Wednesdays”, “Martini Night Thursdays”, and “3-Course Prix-Fixe for $14” on selected days, the “Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar” brings fun to your evening without breaking the bank. It’s eclectic, yet comfortable, atmosphere makes it the perfect place for a quiet, romantic dinner, or any special occasion,like a birthday, bachelorette party, or simply a girl’s night out.


One of the six “Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar” locations is found in Winter Park, Florida, and on our visit, we were warmly welcomed by the Operating Partner, Brian Waggoner, and the Chef, Adam DuCharme. Chef Adam is not only a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, but also a man with a passion for cooking. His creativity along with a strong background in economics combine to provide a modern spin on classic dishes with only the freshest ingredients, a true formula for success!

Never one to “hide in the kitchen,” Chef Adam enjoys his daily interactions with his guests, and describes the many other facets of life in our interview with him:

With a creative menu of freshly prepared dishes served in a casual, romantic setting, “Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar” is a great way to bring a little “California Dreamin'” to your meal!
Mezze Trio: Edamame hummus, muhammara, goat cheese-stuffed Peppadews
Grilled lemon Chicken & Artichoke: fontina, arugula, lemon Parmesan a ioli
Moroccan lemon Chicken: all natural chicken breast, pine nuts, saffron, olives, lemon, roasted vegetables
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